SPLITTING THE DIFFERENCE - The Blueshirts have split the first two games of a playoff series in each of their last five playoff series, dating back to the start of the 2015 Playoffs. In addition, the Rangers have split the first two games in 10 of their last 14 playoff series, dating back to the start of the 2012 Playoffs. Entering the 2017 Playoffs, the Rangers posted a 6-3 series record in the last nine series in which they split the first two games.
HITTING MACHINE - The Rangers registered 74 hits in the contest. The Blueshirts' 74 hits are the most the team has recorded in a playoff game since the NHL began to track hits in 1997-98.
KILL ZONE - The Rangers were 4-for-4 (8:00) on the penalty kill in the contest. Dating back to the regular season, the Blueshirts have not allowed a power play goal in six of their last seven games (18-for-19; 94.7% over the span).
WORKING OVERTIME - The Blueshirts have played at least one overtime game in seven of their last eight playoff series, dating back to the Second Round against Pittsburgh in 2014. The Rangers have also played at least one overtime game in 16 of their last 19 playoff series, dating back to the Eastern Conference Semifinals against Buffalo in 2007.
Henrik Lundqvistestablished a single-game playoff career-high with 55 saves in tonight's contest. Lundqvist's 55 saves were the most he has made in any game of his NHL career (regular season or playoffs). According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Lundqvist's 55 saves in tonight's game are the most any Rangers goaltender has made in one playoff game since expansion (1967-68). He also became the first Rangers goaltender to make at least 50 saves in a playoff game since Mike Richter in Game 5 of the Patrick Division Semifinals against Washington in 1991.
Michael Grabner tallied a goal, tied for the game-high with two takeaways, and recorded three shots on goal in 19:28 of ice time. He has registered a goal in each of the first two games of this series, and he has recorded seven points (three goals, four assists) in his last eight playoff contests.
Rick Nash recorded a goal and led the Rangers with six shots on goal. Nash has tallied a point in six of his last seven playoff games on the road, registering 11 points (five goals, six assists) over the span. In addition, he has recorded a goal/point in four of five career playoff games in Montreal. Dating back to the regular season, Nash has tallied a goal/point in six of his last 10 contests.
Mats Zuccarelloregistered a goal, was credited with five hits, and recorded three shots on goal in 23:29 of ice time. He has notched four points (two goals, two assists) in eight career playoff games against Montreal. Dating back to the regular season, Zuccarello has tallied 14 points (four goals, 10 assists) in his last 14 contests.
Derek Stepan recorded an assist and registered four shots on goal in 25:25 of ice time. Stepan tallied his 44th career playoff point with the Rangers in tonight's contest, moving into a tie for 10th place on the franchise's all-time playoff points list (tied with Adam Graves, Brad Park, and Derick Brassard). In addition, Stepan notched his 27th career playoff assist with the Blueshirts in tonight's contest, moving into sole possession of ninth place on the franchise's all-time playoff assists list.
Jimmy Veseynotched his first career NHL playoff/assist point and recorded three hits in 17:16 of ice time while skating in his second career NHL playoff game.
Nick Holden tallied an assist and registered seven hits in the contest. He has recorded five points (three goals, two assists) in nine career NHL playoff contests.
Brendan Smith notched an assist, registered four hits, was credited with two blocked shots, and posted a plus-one rating in 22:13 of ice time. Smith's assist was his first playoff assist/point as a Ranger.
Marc Staalskated in his 94th career playoff game with the Rangers in tonight's contest, passing Walt Tkaczuk for sole possession of second place on the franchise's all-time playoff games played list (among skaters). The only skater who has appeared in more playoff games with the Rangers than Staal in Dan Girardi (112).
Ryan McDonaghrecorded five hits and tied for the team-high with four blocked shots while skating in a team-high, 33:12 of ice time. McDonagh skated in his 86th career playoff game with the Rangers in tonight's contest, passing Don Maloney for sole possession of fifth place on the franchise's all-time playoff games played list (among skaters).